Teething: Signs and Symptoms
A baby is a precious addition to any family. For new parents the unknown is the scariest part. One of the first things parents will have to face and help the baby with is teething. This is a stage in the baby’s life where they begin to growing their teeth. You may also find that it is not a one-time event that happens in one month. It can happen over two or three years depending on the child. In the first six to 10 months the Central incisors begin to up. From the 10th month to the 16th month the Lateral incisors begin to develop. At 17 to 23 months the Canine teeth grow in and from the 14th month to the 31st month the baby molar teeth show up.
Every child is different and teething will affect them in different ways.
There are a lot of things that can happen during this time and you will want to be prepared for it. Every child is different and teething will affect them in different ways. Some children will develop one tooth at a time while another child will have six teeth coming in all at the same time. But the signs of the stage will remain the same.
Signs and Symptoms of Teething
Here are some things to look for as your baby begins teething:
Watch Out for the Bite
You may find that as your baby enters into this stage, they seem to bite just about everything around them. Once their little hand gets a grip on something, it immediately goes to the mouth. To help sooth your baby during this painful time invest in a number of teething toys available in stores. You will have to work with your baby to find what kind of toy works best for them. You will find that teething toys are designed to by kept in the refrigerator so they are cold when need. This is similar to icing an area of the body because of inflammation. Go ahead and invest in several of the teething toys so you can rotate through them as your baby needs them.
Drool and more Drool
Newborn babies have a tendency to drool all of the time. They drool because they have not learned how to swallow on their own. When the baby begins, the amount of drool will increase. This helps keep the gums healthy and strong during the teething months. You will notice the increase in drool because the front of your baby’s outfit will be completely wet.
The Fussy Baby
The long nights of feeding and changing an infant are exhausting. When the baby finally sleeps through the night all is well. Once it starts it is possible that the baby will wake up screaming because of the pain in their mouth. There are a number of medicines that can help sooth the pain. You will want to consult your doctor to find the best one for your baby.
In some cases babies have developed a low-grade fever, mild cough, rashes, and even diarrhea. These are normal for some babies as they go through the process. Rashes are the most notable problem that can show up. Usually the excess drool causes the irritation on the skin. If the problem becomes excessive or does not go away on its own, consult a doctor to rule out other issues.
Ear Pain 101
There are many things that can cause ear pain. Teething is a possible cause of ear pain. Your baby may pull or tug at their ears during the process. This is their way of communicating with you that something is wrong. Always check with your doctor to rule out other issues such as fluid in the ear, or an infection. You may even see red in the back of the mouth because of the irritated area.
This symptom can be rather hard to notice. When a baby begins teething their gums will get tender and sore. In some cases, their gums will turn white in the area where the tooth is trying to come through. If you notice that your baby’s gums are tender, try giving their something cold to chew on are apply the medication to the tender area.
Not So Hungry Baby
Your baby may lose their appetite during the teething months. They may not want to use their gums to suck through the bottle or even eat from a spoon because they are in a lot of pain. Being patient and understanding will help you keep control as this can be frustrating. Numbing medicine applied to the affect area may help them eat by eliminating the pain. If you find that your baby is just not eating and you are concerned, contact your doctor immediately. They may want to examine your baby just to make sure that there is nothing else causing the loss of appetite.
Ways to Really Help Your Baby
To help your baby you will want to know the ways that you can help. In addition to what has been shared above here are some more ways to sooth your baby.
Give your baby a cold rag to chew on
This is an alternative to having to buy teething toys. Babies love to be held. With your baby on your lap simply place your finger under the rag and let your baby chew on your finger. The cold rag will help sooth your baby’s gums.
Hold your baby close
Holding your baby is one of the best ways to help them through a stressful time. Walking around and lightly swaying are also great ways to help sooth the baby while they are in pain.
Provide a spoon to chew on
If your baby can hold things in their hands, try giving them a spoon to chew on. The edge of the spoon helps stimulate the area of the gums that are irritated. It also may help the tooth come in sooner.
Music is also a great way to sooth your baby. Once your baby falls asleep let soft and relaxing music play in the background. It will help your baby stay asleep or at least give them something to listen to while they are trying to get tired.
Provide a cold bottle
Trying giving your baby a cold bottle to suck on. Sometimes just the cold presence of a bottle is enough to sooth the pain of the teething process. You will have to move the bottle from place to place so it makes it to all the affected areas.
There are so many signs and solutions that are available for you to watch for and know when it comes time for your baby to start. Every child is different and the symptom will be different from one child to another. The challenge for you will be to know the signs and know the best way to help your child. Always have patience and do not be afraid to ask for help from family and friends.
It is important to have a good support network that you can rely on during these stressful months. If you have any questions concerning your baby as they go through the process, then you will want to consult your doctor. They can give you more information about what causes the tenderness, symptoms, and what you can expect as you go through the coming months.